Assault victim Karen Lange: 'I didn't know what happened'

Assault victim Karen Lange: 'I didn't know what happened'
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Just days ago, a Pendleton woman spoke her first words after a brutal attack while jogging on the city's riverwalk.

The random attack was blamed on a man now suspected of a murder last year.

Beating victim Karen Lange spoke exclusively to KEPR Action News.

Days after waking from a coma, even the simplest of tasks seemed impossible.

But by mustering the most strength she could, Karen Lange showed everyone a full recovery was in reach.

"It's amazing, I feel very blessed," says Karen.

Blessed to be alive after Karen was randomly attacked while jogging the Pendleton River Walk in early August. She doesn't recall being hit with a pipe.

"I don't remember anything about that. I thought I was at work, and I wound up in the hospital. I didn't know what happened," she continued.

Karen's husband, Dan, has been watching over her since the assault.
He's seen her miraculous recovery first hand.

"Each day that goes by, her injury heals more and and she really goes beyond just understanding it, but really has a good concept of what her place is in all of this," he says.

They say the biggest shock has been how much the community has stood beside them.

"It's just amazing. I feel very blessed to have that much support. Because I really need it. It helps," Karen added.

But it's still going to be a long road to recovery. Doctors say the earliest she could go home is mid-October.

"I would like to, but I have to get to a certain point health-wise, before they're going to trust me. Because I'll fall on my head if I'm left alone too long ," her and her husband laughed together.

And it's that good spirit that Karen and Dan hope will allow them to get back home and get their lives back.

Lukah Chang is accused of assaulting Lange and murdering Amyjane Brandhagen.

He was found hiding out in the Pendleton Convention Center after leading law enforcement on a nation-wide manhunt.

Chang is awaiting trial in the Umatilla County Jail.